Activists held signs reading "Justice for Wanchalearm" and "Save Wanchalearm". Some even wore Hawaiian shirts in a tribute to Wanchalearm’s trademark style.
Many embassies in Thailand also posted messages on Friday to mark one year since Wanchalearm disappeared.
The activist was abducted by armed men outside the Mekong Garden Apartment in the Cambodian capital on June 4 last year. Though the incident was recorded on CCTV, little has been done to locate him. Many, including his sister, fear he is dead.
Wanchalearm, 37, had fled to Phnom Penh in 2014 after being summoned by the junta following a coup in May of the same year.
He is among nine critics of the Thai government and military who are believed to have been abducted since the coup. Wanchalearm’s case has become the focus of anti-establishment protests seeking to oust the Thai government and change the junta-sponsored Constitution.
Published : June 04, 2021
By : The Nation